In your bag No: 1199 – Matt Erasmus


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In your bag No: 1199, Matt Erasmus
Matt is a third time offender. But fortunately for him JCH is an absurdly broken system, so he is is welcomed back with open arms. Come and Check out how Matt’s bags have changed.

I’d like to submit my third (and possibly final) bag for you and the community to have a look at.
I’m a repeat offender and hopefully getting over a fairly severe case of GAS. I also figured I’d submitted a bag at around this time for the last couple of years so I’d keep up the tradition.

Round One:
Round Two:

Round Three:

As you can see my little bag has changed yet again. I still have the M8/28mm Ultron but I rarely shoot it any more.
I recently got rid of my M2 and M6, along with a bunch of lenses. All of this went into this rather gorgeous black paint Leica MP. There was nothing wrong with the M6 but I made the mistake of stopping by Aperture and picking up the MP. Most of my Leica “mistakes” have started with me simply picking up the gear. Thanks Carl. Thanks Dan. I also ditched the mix of Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses for a Leitz Summicron 35mm and 50mm combination.

I’m still shooting street and have settled on a mix of Kodak Portra/Tri-X, although I’m only now finishing off a large cache of Neopan 400 that I’ve had.

I left Norway and am now roaming the busy streets of London. I do miss Norway, but London is a little more conducive to street photography. I’m also slowly learning that less is more and I think my current bag reflects that.

So as much as things change they stay the same. Still shooting Leica. Still shooting film. Still in the 35mm/50mm focal lengths. I have no idea if my photography has improved but I know I’m enjoying the process more and more. Film is slowing me down and making me put more thought into my frames. I’m also doing a lot more development at home which is helping keep the costs down. My next steps are to get into a darkroom more often and start making prints.

I have to say a huge thank you to Bellamy for the half cases. They’re amazing for carrying around a few rolls of film. Much more efficient than the full cases. These now stay in the fridge at home and carry the bulk of my film stash, much to my roommates dismay.

Hope you enjoyed my little bundle of joy. I certainly do.


Thanks for sharing your bag with us again, Matt. You are always welcome back, anytime.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.


14 comments on “In your bag No: 1199 – Matt Erasmus”

    Thomas Roessler June 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm / Reply

    Matt brings me to an interesting point: „I have no idea if my photography has improved . . . . . ” (by changing the equipment). I suppose, I’m not the only photographer who thinks about the interdependence (relations) of gear, personal visual language and chosen subject/motivation. To find out more about this question, it might help to try out various visual styles with the same tool . . . or to use a tool which is supposed to be not adequate for a certain theme.

    Paul R. June 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm / Reply

    As an owner of a Leica M6 TTL, I’m curious to know what advantage a Leica MP has over the M6.

    Thomas June 7, 2015 at 8:32 am / Reply

    What strap is that on the Leica MP? Like the paracord aesthetic.

    Tina Kino June 7, 2015 at 5:22 pm / Reply

    ..just google “Leica M6 MP comparison”?

    Mainly the MP works without batteries, is a bit better built, and has a slightly more glare-resistant finder.
    Oh, and it looks awesome.

    Massimo June 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm / Reply

    Tina, the MP works with battery exactly as the M6 TTL because has an internal meter. The only new Leica film camera that works without battery is the M-A, that is basically an M4.
    However you can use the MP, as well the M6 TTL, without battery, but the meter will not work.

      eric de montigny January 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm /

      Massimo i think the m-a is basically an m4-P, like the m4-P you have a 6 frames finder and the notch on the sped for the external light meter ( mr ). It was the last one purely mechanical with 6 frames. Also it is more like the m4-P for the manufacturing process and material used. That being said the m-a finder is superior and the built quality a tad better according to Erwin Putts.

    Paul R. June 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm / Reply

    Thanks, Tina, for that info. I’ve certainly had issues with occasional flare in the finder. Apparently, it’s worst with the 0.85 finder, which is what my M6 TTL has. However, the only thing that doesn’t work without batteries in the M6 is the light meter. Cheers.

    André June 8, 2015 at 4:18 am / Reply

    Where do I get the One less DSLR sticker?

    Matt June 8, 2015 at 4:53 am / Reply

    Eric Kim had a decent comparison between the two. It’s mostly mechanics. I had an M6 and loved it. But I guess I’m a sucker for a simpler, “better” camera.

    Matt June 8, 2015 at 4:55 am / Reply

    @Thomas it’s the wrist strap from DSPTCH. Very comfy and easy to switch with their shoulder strap which I am also a fan of.

    Matt June 10, 2015 at 6:31 am / Reply

    @André from the awesome folks at Deadhands publishing. Buy their zines, they’re great :)

    mike June 10, 2015 at 7:17 pm / Reply


      eric de montigny January 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm /

      And the price too i guess

    Patrick June 26, 2015 at 11:32 am / Reply

    Hey Mike, Curious on the cost to have the finder changed on your M6 to an MP finder? Who did the work? Leica? Thanks!!

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